Dear New Beginnings Family & Friends:

I pray this email finds each of you well. I write to inform you that at the request of our bishop, Debra Wallace-Padgett, and local health officials, the church building will be closed until further notice beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020.  All worship services, Bible studies, meetings, rehearsals, and outside groups meeting in our church have been canceled.  The church leadership and I will continue to monitor the situation and keep the congregation updated in the days to come.

Here are a few ways we will stay connected during this time:

Weekday Devotion & Prayer Conference Call
Join us for a weekday prayer call at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday beginning March 23rd. Each day, selected members and I will offer a devotion, prayer, and announcements. To connect to the call, simply dial: (563) 999-2305 and enter the access code: 480519#. When you connect to the call, make sure you mute your phone or find a quiet space to listen, so that we can limit background noise on the call.

Sunday Morning Worship Conference Call
We will also host a worship conference call every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. To connect to the call, simply dial: (563) 999-2305 and enter the access code: 480519#. When you connect to the call, make sure you mute your phone or find a quiet space to listen, so that we can limit background noise on the call. This is also a great time to visit our church website to listen to previous sermons and share them with your family and friends.

Giving Our Tithes & Offerings
We must continue to remain faithful in our giving to the church. Please make arrangements to give your tithes and offerings to the church by one of the following methods: (1)  mailing a check  to the church office (2133 32nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35207); (2)  giving electronically  on our secure church website ; (3)  texting  (844) 948-1281 the amount you wish to give from a smartphone; or (4)  dropping off  your offering at the church office on Wednesdays between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If you have questions regarding giving, please contact our Finance Chairperson, Valencia Jackson ( valencia40@gmail.com) .

Pastoral and Congregational Care Concerns
In the event of a pastoral care emergency or simply a congregational concern, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone (205-328-3937) or email ( office@newbeginningsbham.org) . The church leadership and I will be happy to do all we can to assist you in this time. Most of all, I encourage you to reach out to one another. I am instituting a “Church Buddy Program,” so please find at least one person from the congregation you know and reach out to them and check on them daily.

Announcements and Updates
To receive announcements and updates, visit our church website , follow us on Facebook (@newbeginningsumcbham), and sign-up for our E-Newsletter by texting “NBUMC” to 22828. If you are not currently receiving phone calls or text messages with updates from the church, please contact the church office to provide us with your best contact number.

Finally, know that in these uneasy and uncertain times that our hope is in God. Psalm 46:1 reminds us that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (NRSV). Remember, that our church community is not defined by our presence in the church building itself, but in our spirit diffused into the world. Know that I hold you in my heart and prayers. May God grant us wisdom, courage, and grace.

Blessings,
Dr. Dedric A. Cowser
Senior Pastor